Wunderkids Part 1 by Jacqueline Silvester
YA Costumes that are already in your closet!

Title: Wunderkids (Part 1: Wildwood Academy)
Author: Jacqueline Silvester
Series(?): Wildwood Academy (Part 1)
Publisher: Lonewolf Press
Publication Date: March 20th 2017
Source & Format: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this blog tour post and a later book review.
Page Count: 316
Genre: Fantasy

15-year-old Nikka is invited to attend Wildwood Academy, a prestigious but secret boarding school for talented youth located deep in the Californian mountains. Once there, Nikka quickly falls in love with her bizarre classes, the jaw-dropping scenery and… two very different boys.

However, Wildwood Academy has a dark and twisted secret, one that could cost Nikka the one thing she had never imagined she could lose, the one thing that money can’t buy. It is this very thing that Wildwood Academy was created to steal.

Nikka can stay and lose everything, or she can risk death and run.

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Hey everyone! This is my first Blog Tour that I’m on and I’m so excited to be sharing Jacqueline Silvester’s latest release of Wunderkids, Part One of Wildwood Academy. On this day of the Blog Tour, Jacqueline and I have both teamed up to figure out some awesome and easy YA costumes that you can easily put together for any Halloween bash.

There is a part of the novel where there is a big Halloween party, and it mostly inspired this list if there were to be a Halloween Party for YA bookworms. Most of the stuff you should already have in your wardrobes or they’re very inexpensive to buy in shops!

18 YA Costumes that are already in your closet!

Warning: A lot of these will only get appreciated at a party full of other YA-lovers. Don’t waste it on mundanes. They just won’t understand.


Do you own anything black/leather and a pen or black paint? Yay! You’re all set to go to a Halloween party dressed as the Shadowhunter of your choosing. Just practice your runes first.


If your closet is full of asymmetrical Commes Des Garcons knock-offs (a trend so widespread you can now find it at H&M and Primark) then you’re all set to be Divergent. If your wardrobe has more of a Hare Krishna bohemian vibe, then you can dress like Amity. Your wardrobe 100% has something to fit one of the five factions. Grab a sharpie and give yourself a couple of collarbone tattoos to complete the Tris look.

Literally Anyone from Hunger Games

Jacqueline: Personally, I have a lot of clothes that look like they are straight from the Capitol high street. My husband, who dresses in asymmetrical clothing in dark shades, can easily fashion a district 12 outfit.  Choose your district based on the kind of clothes you own, the rest is makeup and accessories.

Pregnant Bella or non-pregnant Bella Swan

Flannel, pillow tucked under said flannel, baseball cap, resting clueless face. This outfit is easy to put together. If you don’t want to be pregnant Bella you can slather glitter on yourself and add some teeth and you are vampire Bella. Just make sure to keep your face expressionless the whole time.

A Selected from The Selection

Still have that old prom dress lying around? Or some ruffled monstrosity from your teen years? Match it with a crown, a microphone, or throw fake blood on it and you can be a post-massacre selected.

Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Put blue chalk/hairspray in your hair and draw hamsas on your palms and you’re all set to be Karou. Tuck a notebook under your arm, and fashion a wishbone necklace from your chicken leftovers.

Blair Waldorf or any of the GG squad

Do you have an old school girl uniform hiding in your closet? Blair, Serena, and Jenny Humphrey are all costumes that can be achieved with the help of a couple accessories, a schoolgirl blazer or skirt, and the right makeup. Think raccoon eyes for Jenny and hair bands for Blair. A Blair costume is also easy to do even without a uniform.

A Wizard

Jacqueline: A while back I took my little brother to Harry Potter world. He quickly became enamoured with the robes and wands on sale but I couldn’t flip the hefty 120$ bill for the Hogwarts merch. When we got home, I realised I could easily make him his own robes from black sheets or an old coat or graduation gown, and we fashioned a wand from a stick we found outside (just put clay or play-doh on the handle and paint it any way you like.)

If you don’t have anything in your school colours then you can be from a different wizarding school. Or you can go in full pajamas with your wand visible and say you are a Hogwarts student wandering the halls at night.

Joel: A cool DIY to do for a wand if you don’t have one is to grab a dowel from your local craft store, and then use a hot glue gun to fashion the intricacies of your wand. Then, once the hot glue is dry and cool, paint it with a nice dark brown paint of your choice to create that fantastic wand.

jesper fahey cosplayNina, Kaz, or Jesper from Six of Crows

Jacqueline: My two favourite characters from SOC are easy looks to achieve if you don’t believe me just check out the Leigh Bardugo’s Insta stories for inspiration and all the fan cosplays. For Kaz wear all black, fashion a cane (either from an umbrella or a very long stick, you can even use tin foil to fashion the shiny top bit.) Do not forget to wear leather gloves! They are essential.

Wear a dress and a corset over it to fashion a Ninaesque dress, bonus for any a la Russe accessories. Wear a fur coat if you have one, or any winter coat with dramatic flare. You can also grab a couple waffles from the shop/frozen section and carry them around for emphasis.

Joel: I definitely agree on Leigh Bardugo’s Instagram stories, those are hilarious! Also, if you want to become a Dreg, you can pick up a temporary tattoo from Bookmark’d Tattoos! Some of my favourite temporary tattoos are from there. Also, to cosplay as Jesper, you can grab a shirt, some braces and also any cool jackets/blazers and combine them together with the Dreg tattoo to make a lovely Jesper-inspired outfit.


Bellatrix Lestrange

If you have any old black clothes you can cut them up, add fishnets and crazy hair. Add you combat or lace up boots if you have any. Don’t forget to fashion a wand and to draw your dark mark on.



A pair of socks in hand and XL pillowcase with the arms cut out and you’re a free elf.

President Snow

Snazzy suit, head full of baby powder and a white rose pinned to your lapel.

Poseidon from Percy Jacksonmiss peregrine's home

Do you have cargo shorts and a Hawaii print shirt left lying around from back when you thought these were acceptable fashion choices? Throw them on and you’re ready to go as Percy Jackson’s dad.

Cover of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

No one can deny that the cover to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is haunting, spooky and creepy AF. Try revamping something you might have worn to a 20’s party at some point. Tie a ribbon across your forehead or a headband, and add white knees socks.  Try to make it as creepy as possible.

Jessica Jones

Cut the fingertips off your cheap winter gloves, put on your combat boots and leather jacket, some jeans and grab your camera.

Pick anyone from Riverdale

Josie, Archie, Veronica, Jughead, Betty, Cheryl…They are all pretty easy to pull off, especially if you do it as group costume.

Buffy or any other slayer

Wear your ultimate 90’s chic leftovers (if you’re old enough to have any,) i.e. short shirt, high ponytail, cheetah print, and sharpen a stick into as close to a stake as you can get it. Depending on hair colour you can be Buffy, or any other slayer. Faith is very recognisable with her leathers and her arm tattoo.

If all else fails, wear your regular outfit and tell people you are a muggle or a mundane. Extra points if you get them to Google it. We both hope that you enjoyed these cool costumes that you’ll be able to rock on Halloween! This year, I think I’m either going to don my Jesper cosplay once again OR I might go as Percy from A Gentlemen’s Guide. I haven’t decided yet, but I’m not going to any Halloween parties this year so my costume doesn’t have to be 100% perfect. 

Happy Halloween!

About the Author

Jacqueline has had a colourful and dual life thus far; she’s lived in a refugee camp in Sweden, a castle in France, a village in Germany, and spent her formative years in between Los Angeles, London and New York. As a result, she speaks four languages. Jacqueline has a Bachelors in English Literature from the University Of Massachusetts, and a Masters in Screenwriting from Royal Holloway, University Of London. After graduating she wrote her first novel and began writing cartoon screenplays. The two years she spent in an arts boarding school in the woods have inspired the particular world described in her debut novel Wunderkids. She lives in London with her husband, her excessive YA collection and a hyper husky named Laika.

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What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Do you have any easy YA costume ideas?

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